The funeral industry increasingly goes digital

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When 92-year-old Ruben Edmond passed away this past summer, not everyone could make it to Norfolk, Virginia, to say goodbye to the man whose family includes five children, 28 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

So while some mourners streamed into the funeral home to pay their last respects, others from North Carolina to Hawaii watched a streaming video of the ceremony online and visited a tribute page produced by the funeral home that helped organize Edmond's last rites.

"We used technology to pay our last tribute - it was just awesome," said Edmond's daughter, Estelle Edmond-Bussey, 64, of Chesapeake, Virginia. Family members regathered later to watch a replay of the ceremony, giving her a chance to remember "the things I was numb to the day of the service."

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Posted November 29, 2007 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. TonyinCNY wrote:

My wife is working up a course for the college where she teaches and they are popular.  Popular with colleges because of increased revenue and reach, popular with student because of accessibility.  The problem is that classroom interaction is difficult to replicate online.

November 29, 12:17 pm | [comment link]
2. TonyinCNY wrote:

Oops, wrong story.

November 29, 12:18 pm | [comment link]
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